Comparing Barclays (BCS) & SEB Group (SVKEF)

Barclays (NYSE: BCS) and SEB Group (OTCMKTS:SVKEF) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Barclays pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. SEB Group does not pay a dividend. Barclays pays out 26.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

3.1% of Barclays shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Barclays shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Barclays and SEB Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Barclays $27.15 billion 1.66 -$1.65 billion $0.83 12.75
SEB Group $7.05 billion 3.00 N/A N/A N/A

SEB Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Barclays.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Barclays and SEB Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barclays 2 4 6 0 2.33
SEB Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Barclays and SEB Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barclays -13.05% 3.92% 0.22%
SEB Group N/A N/A N/A

Volatility & Risk

Barclays has a beta of 0.77, suggesting that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SEB Group has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Barclays beats SEB Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Barclays Company Profile

Barclays PLC, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services in the United Kingdom, other European countries, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The company operates through Barclays UK and Barclays International divisions. It offers personal and business banking services; credit and debit cards; international banking; and private banking services, which include investment, wealth planning, and credit and specialist solutions to high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients, and family offices. The company also provides investment banking services, which include financial advisory, capital raising, wealth and investment management, and financing and risk management services to corporations, governments, and financial institutions. In addition, it engages in securities dealing activities; and issues credit cards. The company was formerly known as Barclays Bank Limited and changed its name to Barclays PLC in January 1985. Barclays PLC was founded in 1690 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

SEB Group Company Profile

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) provides corporate, retail, investment, and private banking services in Sweden and internationally. It operates through Large Corporates & Financial Institutions, Corporate & Private Customers, Baltic, Life & Investment Management, and Other segments. The company offers research services; analysis, advisory, execution, and trading services in the foreign exchange, fixed income, equities, and commodities markets; transaction services, including cash management, trade and supply chain financing, custody, asset servicing, and fund services. It also provides investment banking services, such as corporate finance advisory services related to acquisitions, divestments, and mergers; equity capital market services related to initial public offerings, rights issues, and placings; and debt financing services comprising corporate loan origination, debt capital markets, leveraged finance, and structured finance services, as well as real estate and shipping finance services. In addition, the company offers venture capital for entrepreneurs and innovators; asset management products that include alternative, equity, fixed income, investment, and private equity solutions for institutional investors, and retail and private banking clients; and pensions, life insurance, health care insurance, and disability insurance, as well as investor, wholesale, treasury, and sickness insurance services. It serves large corporations and institutions, private customers, and small and medium-sized corporates. The company offers its services through 196 branch offices in Sweden and the Baltic countries; and 20 international sites, as well as phone banking services. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) was founded in 1856 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

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